But Alabama’s balanced attack _ quarterback Greg McElroy also threw for 239 yards _ had its way with the Gators.
“The past is the past,” Florida linebacker Lerentee McCray said. “This year is a new year. Just going out and building on that. It’s a new team, new year, 2011. Looking forward to building on 4-0.”
Like Florida, the Tide believes the recent losses will have no bearing on Saturday’s game at Florida Field.
“It’s a different year, so you have to approach this game a different way than you did last year,” Maze said. “They have home-field advantage this year. They have a new coach this year. They have a new drive. They’re undefeated.”
A victory against Alabama would be a building block for Muschamp’s program. It certainly helped former Florida coaches Ray Graves and Steve Spurrier.
Graves’ team upset Bear Bryant and Alabama 10-6 in 1963, snapping the Crimson Tide’s 21-game home winning streak. The Gators were the first team to win at Alabama in five years. Spurrier’s team edged Alabama 17-13 in 1990, setting the foundation for a decade of dominance in the SEC.
The Gators know what’s at stake. They just won’t say it.
“It would be a great victory,” Harrison said. “But we’re focused on the task at hand. Just like every other week, we’re going to go out there and perform to the best of our ability. … They’re going to be a good opponent. It’s going to be a great matchup and I can’t wait for Saturday to come.”